A two-dimensional numerical simulation model for a membrane-based heat and mass exchanger was developed. The system model equations were used to determine the coupled heat and moisture transfer from the humid air to the high concentrated liquid desiccant solution (LiCl, lithium chloride) by means of a parallel stack hydrophobic permeable membrane. The two streams of air and liquid desiccant solution were arranged in cross-flow directions. The fourth-order Runge–Kutta method was employed to solve these system model equations in a steady-state condition. This model enables one to predict the latent effectiveness of a membrane-based parallel cross-flow exchanger for dehumidification purpose in response to air to liquid mass flow ratio and the mass transfer unit number.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanical Engineering
- Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes